resistance noun

1 trying to stop sth

ADJ. considerable, great, stiff, strong, substantial | determined, fierce, heroic, serious, spirited, stubborn | effective | token | active | passive | collective, organized | widespread | armed, military | political | popular, public | guerrilla, peasant

VERB + RESISTANCE mount, offer, put up They mounted stiff resistance to the proposal. | encounter, meet (with), run into The advancing army met with little resistance. | break (down), crush, overcome

RESISTANCE + VERB stiffen | collapse, crumble

RESISTANCE + NOUN movement | fighter, forces, group, leader, worker

PREP. without ~ The attacks did not take place without resistance. | ~ against armed resistance against the Nazis | ~ to There was fierce resistance to the new laws.

PHRASES the line/path of least resistance (= the easiest way of doing sth), a pocket of resistance (= an area of resistance)

2 to a disease/drugs

ADJ. high | low | disease | antibiotic, drug

VERB + RESISTANCE have | build up, develop You need to build up your resistance to colds. | lower

PREP. ~ to Aids lowers the body's resistance to infection.